Whisper it softly, but most [women] have bristling knees, armpits and shins. Some of us have moustaches. You wouldn't know it, though, for we spend great amounts of time perpetuating the myth that we're as smooth as barn eggs. And why? You might hate the bitter truth, but it has everything to do with the fact that men prefer us that way. And if that's the case, surely this is something we should have overcome by now - in the same way that we have ditched eyelash fluttering, corsetry and bustles.' An entertaining yet probing <a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/women/story/0,3604,880197,00.html">article</a> by a self-confessed 'serial depilator' asks why feminism has managed to win many battles except the one over female body hair. In detailing the torturous methods 'involving the kind of pain once lavished on the village witch' and employed by women to stay smooth, she asks why women should bother going through all this trouble when all men have to worry about is shaving their faces? As a male happily hiding where you can't get me, behind my monitor in relative anonymity, I'll come right out and say that I prefer women with no body hair. But how did society get here? Apparently men in earlier eras didn't mind female body hair much, nude female portraits notwithstanding. Or was it because they had no choice due to the lack of modern technology? Such preferences are generally considered fetishes, but at what point does a 'fetish' become mainstream? Is a preference for (relatively) hair-free women (or men, for that matter) simply a popular fetish?